Cornerstone - Summer 2014 - (Page 9)
V O ICES
Commitment to Safety
By Milton Catelin
Chief Executive, World Coal Association
othing is more important to the coal industry than
ensuring our people return home safely at the end
of the working day. A combination of rigorous safety
processes, employee training, new technologies, and better
communication has led to significant improvements in safety
in coal mining globally. The articles in this issue of Cornerstone,
including from a number of WCA members, demonstrate the
level of commitment to improving safety performance globally.
However, the pursuit of safety is a continual process. The
recent accident at the Soma mine in Turkey was a tragic
reminder of the need for constant vigilance on safety and the
vital importance of the highest safety standards and practices
across all mining operations.
The members of the WCA are committed to working across
the industry at a global level to share our knowledge about
safe work practices and to encourage all companies in the coal
industry to set the same high standards. We will be contacting
the Turkish government to offer our support to ensure that
lessons are learned from this disaster and to share the knowledge and expertise of our members.
"The members of the WCA are
committed to working across the
industry at a global level to share our
knowledge about safe work practices
and to encourage all companies ... to
set the same high standards."
SAFETY IN OUR OPERATIONS
As leaders of the global coal industry, WCA members are
expected to operate with the highest standards when it comes
to ensuring the safety of our workers. All WCA members are
expected to deploy state-of-the-art safety systems and to
share knowledge, wherever possible, and work cooperatively
to help make that happen.
WCA members place four core components at the heart of
ensuring workplaces are as safe as possible:
* Implement a culture of risk management-identifying
hazards, undertaking risk assessments, and implementing
controls are crucial steps in reducing the risk of incidents.
* Work in partnership with our people-empowering them
to share concerns and being open to suggestions for
* Safety is everyone's responsibility-people in every aspect
of our operations have a role to play in creating a safe
* Safety and health can always be improved-a workplace
learning culture can always apply new ideas for improving
safety and learn lessons from mistakes.
Working across the global industry to share knowledge about
safe work practices is an important part of improving safety.
There are many examples of the work that is being carried out
by coal companies and associations to make further progress
on safety. In 2013, the WCA launched the "Leadership and
Excellence Awards" to recognize outstanding achievement
and innovation in the international coal industry and its value
chain. The awards also aim to help drive further environmental
and safety improvements and innovation across the industry.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Cornerstone - Summer 2014
From the Editor: Water Crisis Calls for Common Action
Cover Story: Shifting the Paradigms of Health and Safety in Mining
Commitment to Safety
Modern Energy: The “Golden Thread” That Connects People, Economies, and Progress
Studying the Dominance
of Coal in China’s Energy Mix
Advancing the Alleviation of Energy Poverty
Energy Poverty in India and
What’s Needed to Address It
Balancing South Africa’s Energy Poverty and Climate Change Commitments
Europe Struggles to Pay Its Energy Bill
Shenhua Group’s Preemptive Risk Control System: An Effective Approach for Coal Mine Safety Management
Evaluating Safety and Health
in Australia’s Mining Sector
CORESafety®: A System to Overcome the Plateau in U.S. Mine Safety and Health Management
Sustainable Charcoal: A Key Component of Total Energy Access?
An Analysis of the Interdependence Between China’s Economy and Coal
Synergetic Technologies for
Coal and Gas Extraction in China
The Global Need for Clean
Coal Technologies and J-COAL’s Roadmap to Get There
Cornerstone - Summer 2014